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Publication date2018
Host publicationWorking-Class Boys and Educational Success: Teenage Identities, Masculinities and Urban Schooling
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781137401595
ISBN (Print)9781137401588
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
ISSN (Print)2524-6445


This chapter discusses Bourdieu’s theory of practice by drawing on his key concepts of habitus, field, and capital, providing definitions of the terms as they appear in the work of Pierre Bourdieu. It then highlights some of the common critiques of Bourdieu’s overall theory of practice and offers some counterarguments to these. The chapter develops Bourdieusian theory through the notion of forms of habitus interruptions, which accounts for multiple ways in which individuals can inhabit two conflicting fields.